The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed to accommodate your busy life as a working nurse. Your role in today’s complex healthcare environment requires critical competencies, including evidence-based care, health promotion, disease prevention and the use of technology to enhance your clinical and professional development. The RN to BSN online program at SNHU delivers on those objectives and more, preparing you for your next step in nursing.
The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
SNHU offers affordable, transfer-friendly online nursing programs, allowing you to maximize your prior course work and reduce the cost of completing your degree. Our online bachelor’s in nursing program provides the time and flexibility to master your coursework, while balancing your professional and personal life.
The RN to BSN online program follows a 10-course curriculum that delivers against the competencies recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This framework was developed to ensure nurses receive the training and education they need to not only advance the professions but their careers as well.
For professional nurses with defined education goals, our online Accelerated RN to MSN program offers a seamless pathway for advancing from an ASN through a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to a Master of Science in Nursing. The Accelerated RN to MSN option allows BSN students to progress into the MSN program through the successful completion of two advanced-level BSN courses in which students perform graduate-level work. The Accelerated RN to MSN option saves you time and money, and it lets you pursue advanced nursing degrees within SNHU without a break in continuity or momentum. RN to BSN students who apply to and are accepted into the online Accelerated RN to MSN option can choose to pursue the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader or MSN Patient Quality and Safety programs, or choose the MSN general track
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online bachelor’s in nursing degree at SNHU include:
RN to BSN Admission Requirements:
To pursue an accelerated RN to MSN, you must have an active unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you have a GPA below 3.0, but higher than 2.67, you are eligible for provisional acceptance. If you are an RN to BSN student interested in the Accelerated RN to MSN, contact an SNHU admission counselor or your academic advisor for more information.
If you are enrolled in Community College System of New Hampshire nursing programs, contact your CCSNH advisor or an admissions counselor at Southern New Hampshire University to learn more about program admission requirements and tuition information.
The demand for nurses with bachelor’s-level education continues to increase at hospitals and other healthcare organizations. The Institute of Medicine is urging that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80 percent by 2020, a sentiment echoed by the Tri-Council for Nursing as a means to enhance patient care and safety.
After completion of SNHU's RN to BSN online program, you’ll be able to:
Our bachelor’s in nursing curriculum is built upon the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report competencies. The course work initially stresses enhancing nursing professionals’ abilities to manage themselves, then focuses on managing in a complex environment.
Our nursing students also work on developing the awareness, knowledge and proficiency reflected in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 11 nursing competencies. Additional BA/BS core courses also are required for a BSN. Registered nurses with a prior bachelor's degree will find the transfer-friendly design of the SNHU RN to BSN online program especially appealing.
English 122 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to the various forms of academic discourse. This course focuses primarily on the basic elements of college composition and writing as a process in both narrative and analytical forms. Students will investigate the importance and promise of effective written communication in various personal and professional contexts and identify effective strategies through critical analysis of written works as well as their own writing. Finally, this course prepares students for more advanced research analysis by connecting students to important avenues of research.
English 123 focuses students on the importance of research to advancing knowledge for various purposes. This course will build on the foundations of composition and introduce students to the research process and the analysis and evaluation of various sources. Students will investigate the writing process for research as well as appropriate research methods and skills. Additionally, this course offers multiple opportunities to engage in the important tasks of revision and editing and will ask students to incorporate feedback to improve their writing.
This course focuses on student success strategies for students who are new to higher education or online learning. Skill areas include academic research and writing, effective communication in an online environment, critical thinking, self-advocacy and support services, community learning and group collaboration, and the empowerment of students to utilize their strengths in order to improve the likelihood of academic success.
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in healthcare. Students explore concepts and principles of health care policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the health care environment. The impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care systems is explored.
This course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
This course is designed to introduce the licensed registered nurse to the role of the bachelor's prepared nurse in complex health care setting. The Transformational model of learning will be the foundation to develop scholarly inquiry in order to improve practice. Skill development in critical reflection, assessing evidence, professional writing, study habits, and work-life balance will be essential for success. The goal is to provide a knowledge base in nursing theory to improve nursing practice. The role of the Bachelor's prepared nurse as a patient advocate, clinical expert and a leader in evidence-based practice and transformation of health care will be emphasized. The course will discuss the capstone course and development of a project.
This course explores patient care technologies, information systems, telecommunication technologies, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. Topics covered include standardized terminology; electronic health record, patient portal, meaningful use, and pay for performance; data integrity, abstraction and mining; use of clinical decision support tools to promote patient safety, and ethical and legal issues related to information technology.
This course introduces the student to common health problems in individuals. Adult conditions will be reviewed. Cellular disruptions resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress conditions will be analyzed. The understanding of nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan and implement treatments for disease processes will serve as the foundation for decision-making and management. Diagnostic evaluations and holistic management of selected disease processes will be explored.
The student will analyze health assessment methods and communication strategies for diverse populations across the continuum of care in this course. An overview of assessment techniques and patient education will be explored in order to support informed health care decisions. Development of interpersonal effectiveness and cultural competence will be the focus of competency for the student. The goal of health literacy will be to develop verbal and written communication strategies that nurses can use to effectively meet the individualized needs of the patient to promote health and address illness. The student will review standards of care and regulations which oversee the provision of safe and effective care. This three-credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
This course will explore organizational and systems leadership within the complex clinical microsystems to promote high quality patient care utilizing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote care coordination, negotiation, change management, team building and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team. Topics will include quality improvement and safety concepts using structure, process and outcome measures, and performance improvement methodologies to promote quality outcomes for diverse populations. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
The Transformational Capstone course will utilize a seminar process to establish the expectations for the project. The Capstone project will demonstrate the achievement of four stages of personal development as outlined in the Transformational model for education. .Expectations for the project will be addressed to demonstrate application of knowledge in a complex health environment. In conjunction with the faculty member, the student will design an individual experience to apply skills to effectively promote a positive change in complex health systems. The Capstone project will represent the culmination of achievement in the RN-BSN program.
This course aims to broaden and deepen students' understanding, experience, and critical thinking skills with regard to cultural differences and cross-cultural interactions. Students will analyze diversity through the disciplines of socio-economics, physical anthropology, biology, geography, and arts and the humanities. Intercultural competence, a lifelong learning process, is introduced as a crucial skill set and benefit to the individual, interpersonal relationships, organizations, and society. Analyzing the role of culture in today's world, developing culturally responsive practices, and understanding the benefits and challenges of diversity will be emphasized.
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In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local and regional conditions that affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. The prevention will include diverse, environmental disease treatments and healthcare policy strategies. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
In this course, the student will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and recommend change for health issues for groups and in communities. Topics will include local, regional, and global conditions which affect vulnerable populations through the lifespan. Case management and care coordination will be discussed. Application of community health principles will be the foundation for recommending interventions. Diverse environmental, disease treatments, and health care policy strategies will be the goal for prevention. This three credit hour course will include 45 hours of practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the course.
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidence-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is placed on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to retrieve and critique published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice. This three credit course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.
Undergraduate students will be introduced to theory-guided and evidence-based nursing practice. Students will acquire the skills to become proficient consumers of nursing research. Focus is placed on understanding established research methodologies, ways of knowing in nursing, and developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills and behaviors to retrieve and understand published studies for application to evidence-based nursing practice. Students will be expected to demonstrate competency in one Master’s level program outcome. This course will include 45 hours of practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.
ASN Transfer Elective Credits: 36
Free Elective Credits: 9
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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SNHU Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)